Posted by: Nick | July 30, 2008

Black Diamond Heavies Take 5 for Kentucky

This week Louisville’s Black Diamond Heavies Take 5 for Kentucky.  Their live show has been described as both ‘Pentecostal’ and ‘Demon-Possessed.’  Their music is a blend of blues and punk, creating a style all of their own.  The Heavies tour internationally and constantly and have shared the stage with many notable acts including Son Volt, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Immortal Lee County Killers, Thee Shams, Jimbo Mathus, Kenny Brown, and Scott H Biram.  They released A Touch of Someone Else’s Class in 2007 and you can check out some of their tracks from the album below.

They will be playing WFPK’s Live Lunch this Friday, Aug. 1st at noon. That night they will be performing on the rooftop of Glassworks with The Broken Spurs. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Admission is just $5 bills.

Drummer Van Campbell’s responses are below…


1. What neighborhood did you grow up in?

I grew up in the East end of Louisville. We had a big basement (much like many houses around there). It became a practice space for many kids.

2. When did you start playing together?

The band started as a four piece, more traditional blues band under the same name. Over the years people came and went and it got stripped down to just a piano/drums experiment. We’ve been like that for about two and a half years now.

3. First show you played in Kentucky (plus any details you remember about it)?

The first show I ever played in Louisville was at this girl’s house in Crescent Hill. Those were the best shows ever. We weren’t even in high school. It was true punk rock madness.

4. First show outside of Kentucky…how did you book it?

First show outside of Kentucky was in Chicago in 1999 at a place called Q Studios. I was playing with this band Southbound and we went up there with this band from Louisville called Engine that was fucking incredible and way ahead of their time. We all got pretty drunk and had a great time and then drove home the next day.

5. Favorite Kentucky band?

Probably Jethro Tull. Nobody knows they are from here.


Black Diamond Heavies – Bidin’ My Time
Black Diamond Heavies – Everything Is Everything
Black Diamond Heavies – Smoothe It Out


  1. YES,




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